Briefings for Britain, November 6, Catherine McBride
The German Finance Minister, Christian Lindner, complained in a BBC interview in October, that the British were not buying enough German goods. Lindner believes this is due to trade ‘obstacles’ caused by Brexit and offered the UK a ‘standing invitation’ to talks aimed at reducing ‘obstacles in the daily life of German corporations’.
The BBC’s economics editor, Faisal Islam, seems to have added some dubious ‘facts’ to the written article apparently to support Lindner’s claims. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce believes that German exports to the UK were 14.1% lower in 2022 than in 2016; that the UK had slipped from Germany’s 3rd most important export partner to eighth; and that EU car exports to the UK had nearly halved in number – declining in value by £8.6 billion.
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